November 18, 2011
A Loose Ship, An Incredible Witness
A Louisiana Hearing Committee has recommended a fully-deferred suspension of 60 days as sanction for an attorney who failed to properly supervise his employees (which included his office manager daughter). As a result of his inattention, one of the employees was able to perpetrate a "house-flipping" scheme that resulted in harm to two victims.
The committee found that the attorney had captained an "extremely loose ship" where his non-lawyer daughter essentially ran the practice.
The committee further found the attorney to be a "sympathetic, but credible witness." By contrast, the bad employee "lacked credibility in all aspects of his testimony, except maybe when he stated his name." (Mike Frisch)
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